Tuberculosis Elimination Program Overview
The TB Elimination Program of the Delaware Division of Public Health conducts surveillance, consultation on tuberculosis clinical and policy issues, and support of specialized tuberculosis services throughout the state.
Reported cases of tuberculosis are tracked through the State TB Registry. The TB Elimination Program analyzes diagnostic results, clinical management information, and contact investigation reports. Through program surveillance reports, we continue to update all infection control practitioners, physicians and other health care providers, and policy makers, about current TB morbidity trends in their community and throughout the state.
The Division of Public Health supports three specialty tuberculosis clinics in Delaware. One clinic is in New Castle County, one is in Kent, and one is in Sussex. These clinics are staffed by public health nurses who specialize in tuberculosis, and by pulmonary consultant physicians. The clinics provide direct medical care and follow-up to patients with latent TB infection and TB disease. All screening activities, contact investigations and case management services are provided through the clinics.
The goals of the TB Elimination Program are to identify and treat until cured all persons with active tuberculosis; to identify and treat infected contacts of persons with active tuberculosis; and to identify other persons with latent tuberculosis infection so that they can be evaluated and treated.
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